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to be? the monopoly man smoking a cigar? let's take a look at the euro. parliament voting to tax -- to not tax bank deposits. that's the latest word. a very fluid situation. much more on "closing bell" next. >> thanks very much for watching "street signs." stick with us. see you at the same time tomorrow. >>> hi, everybody. good afternoon. welcome to the "closing bell." i'm maria bartiromo at the new york stock exchange. the dow and the s&p 500 threatening to do something we haven't done all year. decline for three days in a row. >> shall we panic? i don't know what to do. i'm bill griffeth. stocks are lower. they've been lower all day. we've had just in the last few minutes here, to see if parliament rejected that one-time tax on bank deposits, which was a condition of its bailout plan. now investors are concerned maybe a default by cypress could intensify the euro zone's debt crisis. >> morgan stanley's adam parker, who had been negative says, no, no, no, i'm going to raise targets. in fact, one of the biggest bears turning bullish. why this market still has plenty of room to r
to tax bank deposits really royile the markets first thing this morn ing. cyprus? really. jane wells has been asking exactly that question on tw twitter. >> cyprus has a gross domestic product of $24 million. who are these people? we learned they really have a great sense of humor. one ad company parodied new york state of mind with state of mind. ♪ there's no toilets round, just a big hole in the ground ♪ >> see the whole hilarious video on my blog. how did one potential bank tax on an island give everybody a market wedgejy? i asked, it's like fill in the blank. here's responses. it's like a 20 buck battery grounding entire 787 fleet. an unpruned tree in ohio taking down the entire northeastern power grid. like a kim kardashian marriage. only lasts a short while and utterly meaningless. bloomberg banning large sodas. sailing a carnival ship and expecting to make it home. like me giving a rip about honey boo boo's next show. >> i love all of those. >> i liked them all till the last one. jane wells has clearly not redneckognized that's a hot show. >> when you have to subtitle white pe
from the social security tax increase and the cross the board spending cuts that went into effect on march 1st? and is it possible that the fed might see a need to provide more support to the economy, if that -- because of that drag, the drag on fiscal. >> well, our analysis is fairly comparable to analysis that congressional budget office as presented to the congress. and they estimate that putting together all the fiscal measures, including the fiscal cliff deal, the sequester, and other cuts, that federal fiscal restraint in 2013 is cutting something like 1.5 percentage points off of growth. which, of course, is very significant. so that is an issue for us. we -- you know, we take as given what the fiscal authorities are doing. the economy is weaker, job creation is slower than it would be otherwise. and so that is one of the reasons that our policy has been as aggressive as it is. that being said, as i've said many times, monetary policy cannot offset a fiscal restraint of that magnitude. and so the final outcome will be worse, or in terms of jobs, than would have been the cas
, absolutely, bill. it's all about the dog that didn't bark. we had a huge tax increase on january 1st of this year. here we are, more than two months into the year, and we have yet to see any sign that that tax increase has had a material impact on the consumer. retail sales coming in for february, stronger than expected. today's jobless claims number suggesting that hiring is actually doing better than people expected. so you're seeing two things. number one, people growing more confident in their numbers for 2013, and a couple of people actually raising their numbers. barclays, for example, now looking at 2.5% growth in the first quarter, up from 1.9%. so you have a little bit of positive activity. >> we're going to hear from jeff spreker in a moment. he said his exchanging the new york stock exchange is basically making a bet that q3 is going to end. because he's expecting a lot of action around interest rate-related products. when would you expect qe3 to wind down? >> right now, most people are expecting it to wind down around the end of the year. and i think that's a pretty good
is the sequester. what's going to happen? and also, how are consumers going to react to increased taxes. so we're really watching out on all these economic numbers for q2. >> you also watch that, but i'm looking up at the transports that are up 102 points. >> 102 points. >> which would confirm the move we're seeing to new all-time highs right now on the dow. >> the only things that concerns me is you're not seeing this explosion in volume at these new highs. now, the s&p hasn't done it yet. maybe if we get through the s&p, all of a sudden there'll be this exposure. you don't feel it yet, but that being said, it's still making a new high, right? >> exactly. >> at least the dow is. s&p is still not. >> if we get a budget agreement, i'm really talking pie in the sky here. but they are talking, at least. if we get a budget agreement, that would have to help the market too, i think. >> and we would probably advise our s&p estimate. >> so what would it take? 10%? you could move it higher. >> exactly. because, ultimately, we'd start seeing the earnings and see the multiple expansions. right now, we'r
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